You’ve just enrolled in your college of choice, moved into your dorm room and selected all of your courses. You’re ready to start a new chapter of your life. However, after a few weeks, you realize you have $20 in your bank account and the box of crackers you’ve been living off of is at its end.
It’s time to get a job, but where do you start?
Should everyone seek a job when they’re a full-time student? Jami Crummy, the assistant director of employer relations at Minnesota State University Moorhead, says the answer to this question depends on the individual.
“I realize it can be overwhelming for anybody to handle so many tasks at once,” Crummy says. “I always like to encourage students to handle and prioritize their time, but every student is different. Ask them personally, if the student has the ability to do so, then yes.”
Whether it’s because your hyperactive personality desires something to do in your free time or you simply need a job out of financial necessity, finding a job can be a difficult task.
According to a study by Georgetown University, approximately 75 percent of college students in the U.S. work while enrolled in school, and 25 percent are both full-time students and full-time employees.
For many college students, working while attending school can either help or hurt them. With such little free time, it’s important to choose the right job.
Some of these occupations are high-paying entry-level jobs while others offer a more hands-on learning experience for students wishing to work in their prospective career path.
“I am a big proponent of internships,” Crummy says. “When a company sets up an internship, their intentions are to help the student learn while also helping the company meet their goals. It’s a win-win for both the company and the student.”
If the internship is listed as unpaid, it shouldn’t always be considered disadvantageous. Most internship opportunities can potentially open doors to other opportunities within the company. Think long-term and always acknowledge the idea that experience can be more valuable than a pay-rate.
2. Online or after-school tutor
Becoming a tutor can offer students the types of benefits they are constantly searching for. The hours of a tutor are significantly more flexible with sessions lasting between 1 to 2 hours. Unlike most commercial jobs like retail or waitressing, tutor pay is often higher – reaching $17.28 per hour, on average. The hours are calculated by your client’s personal schedule as well as your own, meaning there will no longer be any accidental scheduling overlaps or cumbersome shift-switching with your coworkers.
Furthermore, achieving a job that’s relative to your degree can help perfect your personal studies and give you advantages over your peers. A background in tutoring shows an interest in your own academic performance as well as practice in interpersonal skills. This can look impressive on a resume and can potentially catch an employer’s attention in your possible job field.
Most likely, a babysitting or nannying job will pertain to easy and flexible hours – perfect for a busy student. Being a college student can be highly advantageous when applying for nanny positions.
Many parents seek knowledgeable and educated students or graduates to tutor and help their kids with homework. There are few achievable statistics on the pay-rate for nannies, mostly because many are paid under-the-table. However, the 2017 International Nanny Association Salary and Benefits Survey found that the average hourly rate for nannies is $19.14 per hour with 60 percent receiving a bonus in less than 12 months into employment.
The study also found some incredible benefits nannies around the U.S. are receiving, including: 75 percent receive paid vacation, 76 percent receive “guaranteed pay” when the family does not need them and 17 percent receive health insurance.
4. Massage therapist
With a median hourly wage of $22, an occupation in massage therapy is one of the highest-paying jobs for entry-level workers. The work of a massage therapist usually concentrates around evenings and weekends, which is perfect for students who go to school during the day. Prior experience in social media and self-marketing are helpful in pursuing this career because this job requires the therapist to seek out their own clients.
Job searching can be an overwhelming task for anyone, especially college students. It’s important to understand your personal goals, experiences, time and abilities when searching for the best college job that will work for you.
“Work pays off,” Crummy says. “Even volunteering is a great experience to gain skills and knowledge. You don’t always have to stress about how much a job pays, but look at the whole thing and make sure it aligns with you.”